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How digital is transforming the physical world to deliver greater patient care
Healthcare provision is under greater pressure than ever before. Technology has a key part to play in streamlining solutions, improving communication and driving efficiencies. Using digital technologies to better manage the physical environment is already having a major impact on service delivery for healthcare providers.
Posted on www.hettshow.co.uk, September 19, 2016, by Michael Webster.
An ‘autumn of crisis looms in the NHS’ proclaimed BBC presenter Andrew Marr on his Sunday morning programme recently, as he introduced guest Chris Hopson, CEO of NHS Healthcare Providers. Chris issued stark warnings as he outlined that maintaining high quality standards in the NHS on the funding available is an insurmountable task. “The NHS is under the greatest pressure in a generation,” said Chris. “It cannot provide the right quality of care and meet the performance standards on the money that’s available, and something has to give”. Chris highlighted that 80% of acute hospitals are in financial deficit, compared with just 3% in 2013.
Clearly there is no quick solution, and different healthcare professionals, ministers, academics and advisors have different recommendations and advice. But there is no doubt that technology has a key part to play in streamlining solutions, improving communication and driving efficiencies. Technology isn’t the magic wand or perhaps more appropriately, a sticking plaster for a short-term solution. But using digital technologies to better manage the physical environment is already having a major impact on service delivery for healthcare providers.